It wasn’t in my plans to decorate eggs for this Easter. I made plenty last year and still love them, but my aunt from Greece showed me the other day, via Skype, the ones she was working on, and she got me all inspired! Hers were styrofoam eggs decorated with vertical ribbons and tiny glass beads. Beautiful and elegant! Mine are natural eggs with the same vertical ribbons that inspired me, plus a little tassel for fun. Colorful and playful!
I made about two dozens of them, all in vibrant and happy colors, and I honestly can’t pick a favorite!
The little tassels show better when the eggs are hanging. I’m not sure yet if I will hang them on a branch (as seen below) or from the chandelier in the dining room as part of the the Easter lunch table decoration.
You can make them, too! They’re very easy and totally inexpensive.
You’ll need blown out eggs with one hole poked on each end (top and bottom). This year, I bought an egg blower kit and I got empty eggshells in no time, but if you don’t have one, you can follow my instructions on how to blow out an egg, here.
Paint them any color you like. For the decorative eggs, I often prefer craft paint instead of egg dye because I can get the color I want every time. Plus the extra coats of paint make these precious eggs a little more break-resistant. In addition, I find it less messy and faster to color them with a small flat paint brush. The darker the paint, the better the result will be. You can see on the photo below that the yellow ones are not coated perfectly, but that’s the beauty of handmade projects!
To make the tassel and the loop, cut 5 lengths of ribbon, each about 10″ long (about 25 cm). Thread the ribbon in a long, heavy needle (mine was 3″ long or 7.5 cm) and pass the needle through the egg.
Repeat with the other four pieces of ribbon. The egg holes might crack a little as the ribbons add up, but they will be completely covered later on.
Make two knots. The one on the bottom will form the tassel and the one on the top will hide the hole. My tassels are about 3″ long (about 7.5 cm) but you can make them shorter or longer.
Make a third knot to complete the loop.
To add the vertical ribbons, cut 8 lengths or ribbon, each about 4″ long (8 cm). On a protected surface, apply glue stick on each ribbon, one at a time. Place it on the egg and cut any excess ribbon.
Continue with the other three ribbons, first on the opposite and then on the sides, and then add the other four ribbons in between. You’re done!
Here is a close up. The holes are perfectly well covered with the ribbon and do not show at all.
I dare to say that it looks very professional and I honestly did not put any special effort, that’s how easy they are to make!
I like the combination of the vibrant colors mixed all together, but you can paint yours in pastels, or even leave them unpainted and use only a color ribbon.
They will be part of my Easter décor for years and years to come! Thanks Aunt Nana for the inspiration!
- Blown out eggs
- Martha Stewart craft paint in satin finish – Michaels Stores
- Yarn darner needle – Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores
- Flat brush
- Polyester ribbon, 1/8 in (3mm) width – Jo-Ann fabric and craft stores
- Small sharp scissors
- Glue stick